Appealing criminal convictions in Massachusetts
In any Massachusetts criminal case after a verdict after trial, a defendant has the right to appeal the decision of the trial judge. The notice of appeal must be filed with 30 days of the judgment to preserve the right of appeal, through there is a process to allow for a late notice of appeal.
An appeal of a conviction in Massachusetts can pertain to any criminal charge:
- OUI . Click here to read about Massachusetts OUI Appeals
- A Drug Offense
- Domestic Assault and Battery
An appeal is a chance to undo errors that may occur at trial. A trial judge may incorrectly deny a motion to suppress, improperly admit evidence at trial or allow a case to proceed to the jury where there is insufficient evidence to support the conviction. All of these issues can be possible issues to raise on appeal.
Procedures for pursing an appeal : An appeal is a process that requires a recreation of the record at trial.
1st step in the appellate process: order the trial transcript
2nd step: review the record of the trial for errors of law and appellate issues based on the case law.
3rd step: determine whether a direct appeal or motion for new trial is the most effective avenue to take in the case.
In some cases, an issue of appeal may be the effectiveness of the trial counsel. If trial counsel is found ineffective at trial, a defendant may receive a new trial.
Post trial issues : Other issues that could arise after a conviction or post conviction is newly discovered evidence. If evidence is discovered after the trial that was unknown and could not have been known, a defendant may be able to file a motion for new trial based on this newly discovered evidence.
Attorney DelSignore frequently represents individuals throughout Massachusetts on criminal appeals and has appeared numerous times before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, arguing criminal appeals. Attorney DelSignore will gladly explain the appellate process and answer your questions regarding your right to appeal your criminal conviction.